Best Crime Movies of 1986

1.

Stand by Me

6.5
8.1/10 IMDB

After learning that a stranger has been accidentally killed near their rural homes, four Oregon boys decide to go see the body. On the way, Gordie Lachance, Vern Tessio, Chris Chambers and Teddy Duchamp encounter a mean junk man and a marsh full of leeches, as they also learn more about one another and their very different home lives. Just a lark at first, the boys' adventure evolves into a defining event in their lives.

Starring: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Kiefer Sutherland, Casey Siemaszko, Gary Riley, Bradley Gregg, Jason Oliver, Marshall Bell ..
Directed by: Rob Reiner
Release date: 1986-08-08
2.

Blue Velvet

6.3
7.8/10 IMDB

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of criminals who have kidnapped her child.

Starring: Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern, Hope Lange, Dean Stockwell, George Dickerson, Priscilla Pointer, Frances Bay, Ken Stovitz ..
Directed by: David Lynch
Release date: 1986-08-01
3.

Down by Law

5.5
7.8/10 IMDB

A disc jockey, a pimp and an Italian tourist escape from jail in New Orleans.

Starring: Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Ellen Barkin, Rockets Redglare ..
Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
Release date: 1986-09-20
4.

Mona Lisa

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

George is a small-time crook just out of prison who discovers his tough-guy image is out of date. Reduced to working as a minder/driver for high class call girl Simone, he has to agree when she asks him to find a young colleague from her King's Cross days. That's when George's troubles just start.

Starring: Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Michael Caine, Robbie Coltrane, Clarke Peters, Kate Hardie, Zoƫ Nathenson, Sammi Davis, Joe Brown, Pauline Melville ..
Directed by: Neil Jordan
Release date: 1986-06-13
5.

Manhunter

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

FBI Agent Will Graham, who retired after catching Hannibal Lecktor, returns to duty to engage in a risky cat-and-mouse game with Lecktor to capture a new killer.

Starring: William Petersen, Kim Greist, Dennis Farina, Brian Cox, Joan Allen, Tom Noonan, Stephen Lang, Chris Elliott, Michael Talbott, Dan Butler ..
Directed by: Michael Mann
Release date: 1986-08-14
6.

At Close Range

5.1
7.0/10 IMDB

Based upon the true story of Bruce Johnston Sr., his son, and his brothers; together, they constituted one of suburban Philadelphia's most notorious crime families during the 1970s. Their criminal activities ranged from burglary, theft... and ultimately, murder.

Starring: Sean Penn, Christopher Walken, Mary Stuart Masterson, Chris Penn, Millie Perkins, Eileen Ryan, Tracey Walter, David Strathairn, J. C. Quinn, Candy Clark ..
Directed by: James Foley
Release date: 1986-04-18
7.

Something Wild

4.9
6.9/10 IMDB

A free-spirited woman "kidnaps" a yuppie for a weekend of adventure. But the fun quickly takes a dangerous turn when her ex-con husband shows up.

Starring: Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, Ray Liotta, Margaret Colin, Tracey Walter, Dana Preu, Jack Gilpin, Charles Napier, Robert Ridgely, 'Sister' Carol East ..
Directed by: Jonathan Demme
Release date: 1986-11-07
8.

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

4.9
7.0/10 IMDB

Henry likes to kill people, in different ways each time. Henry shares an apartment with Otis. When Otis' sister comes to stay, we see both sides of Henry: "the guy next door" and the serial killer.

Starring: Michael Rooker, Tracy Arnold, Tom Towles, David Katz, Mary Demas, Anne Bartoletti, Elizabeth Kaden, Ted Kaden, Denise Sullivan ..
Directed by: John McNaughton
Release date: 1986-09-24
9.

River's Edge

4.9
7.0/10 IMDB

A group of high school friends discover that they are in the presence of a killer. One of them, Samson, has murdered his girlfriend Jamie. He brags to his friends about killing her, and when they discover he is telling the truth, their reactions vary.

Starring: Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye, Daniel Roebuck, Dennis Hopper, Taylor Negron, Joshua John Miller, Roxana Zal, Josh Richman, Phillip Brock ..
Directed by: Tim Hunter
Release date: 1986-08-27
10.

F/X

4.8
6.7/10 IMDB

A movies special effects man is hired by a government agency to help stage the assassination of a well known gangster. When the agency double cross him, he uses his special effects to trap the gangster and the corrupt agents.

Starring: Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Diane Venora, Cliff DeYoung, Mason Adams, Jerry Orbach, Joe Grifasi, Martha Gehman, Trey Wilson, Tom Noonan ..
Directed by: Robert Mandel
Release date: 1986-02-07

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